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NEA Issue Explainer

Racial and Social Justice

All people, whatever their color, background, or ZIP code, deserve to be treated fairly and with respect.
Two women at human rights rally
Published: December 2, 2021
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America’s strength comes from our ability to bridge difference—bringing together people from different places, different cultures, and different backgrounds for the good of us all.

For our nation to thrive, we cannot let anyone divide us based on where we come from, where we live, our religious beliefs, our age, our ability status, or income.

Educators prepare students to live in a diverse, interdependent world, and this requires confronting, examining, and addressing our own prejudices and biases.

NEA member Lukas Michener
“The idea that we are neutral actors is false. We are not. We have lots of power. We meet with young people every day and we want to ensure there is a just and equitable educational experience for all of them.”

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